On This Day

April 1943 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 28 1st performance of Marc Blitzstein's "Freedom Morning"

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 29 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Apr 30 Noël Coward's play "This Happy Breed" premieres in London
  • Birthdays in Music

    • Apr 2 Glen Dale [Richard Garforth], rock vocalist (Fortunes Deal)
    • Apr 2 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2017)
    • Apr 3 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock pianist and vocalist (The Band - "The Shape I'm In"; "Tears Of Rage"), born in Stratford, Ontario (d. 1986)
    • Apr 3 Mario Lavista, Mexican composer and writer, born in Mexico City
    • Apr 3 Artie Traum, American folk guitarist, songwriter, producer, and film maker, born in The Bronx, New York City
    • Apr 7 Mick Abrahams, British rock guitarist (Jethro Tull, 1967-68; Blodwyn Pig, 1969-70), born in Luton, England
    • Apr 7 Roberta Shore [Schourop], American actress (The Virginian), and singer, born in Monterey Park, California,
    • Apr 9 Terry Knight [Knapp], American rock singer, manager, and record producer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
    • Apr 13 Eve Graham, Scottish singer (The New Seekers), born in Auchterarder, Scotland
    • Apr 15 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), born in Depok, Buitenzorg, Dutch East Indies (d. 2017)
    • Apr 15 "Mighty" Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2015)
    • Apr 16 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London, England (d. 2000)
    • Apr 16 Ruth Madoc, British singer and actress (Hi Di Hi), born in Norwich, Norfolk
    • Apr 17 Roy Estrada, American rock bassist (Mothers Of Invention), and convicted sex offender, born in Santa Ana, California
    • Apr 18 Lesley Miller, American pop, session, and advertising jingle singer ("He Wore A Green Beret"; "Reach Out and Touch Someone"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
    • Apr 19 Eve Graham [Beatson], Scottish pop singer (The New Seekers - "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"), born in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
    • Apr 20 John Eliot Gardiner, English conductor, born in Fontmell Magna, Dorset
    • Apr 22 Mel Carter, American pop singer ("Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Apr 23 Hugh Davies, English composer, born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2005)
    • Apr 24 Richard Sterban, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys - "Elvira"), born in Camden, New Jersey
    • Apr 26 Gary Wright, American singer (Spooky Tooth - It's All About; solo - "Dream Weaver"), born in Cresskill, New Jersey
    • Apr 27 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 1996)
    • Apr 28 The Fantastic Johnny C [Johnny Corley], American singer ("Boogaloo Down Broadway"), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
    • Apr 28 Jacques Dutronc, French singer (Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille), born in Paris
    • Apr 29 Duane Allen, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys - "Elvira"), born in Taylortown, Texas
    • Apr 30 Bobby Vee [Velline], American pop singer ("Devil Or Angel"; "Take Good Care Of My Baby"), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2016)

    Deaths in Music

    • Apr 4 Raoul Laparra, composer, dies at 66
    • Apr 4 Hartzell "Tiny" Parham, American jazz pianist, theater organist, and bandleader, dies at 43
    • Apr 14 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, British organist, composer, and educator, dies at 63
    • Apr 15 Raffaele Casimiri, Italian composer, and musicologist dies at 62
    • Apr 19 Gustave Doret, Swiss composer, dies at 76
    • Apr 29 Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist and composer (Golem suite), dies at 56
    • Apr 29 Karl Adrian Wohlfart, Swedish composer, dies at 68
    • Apr 30 Leo Smit, Dutch composer, dies in Sobibór extermination camp at 42